Remember When June Jones Proposed A G5 Spring Season? Good Times

Vince McMahon has been rebranded a trailblazer for his XFL experiment(s). The founders of the USFL even got a 30 for 30 made about their middling, short-term spring league. There was a time, briefly, in 2014, when then SMU coach June Jones, tried to etch his name on the Mount Rushmore of spring football enthusiasts by suggesting that Group of Five schools should just move their season to the spring. 

Forget a separate playoff or a G5 spot in the regular playoff, just move the G5 to the spring and call it good. Jones unearthed his idea where many wondrous and doomed ideas erupt, on sports talk radio. In Florida. Jones told a Tampa radio station, "I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did. I think that there's an opportunity to do a complete another side of that division, and I think that if we don't think that way as a group of have-nots, we're going to get left behind."

In Jones scenario, the have-nots would play in the spring, crown a king, and the Power 5 would agree to let their champion meet the G5 king in a winner take all, presumably on the Moon because that's how crazy the idea was. Remember, 2014 was at the height of realignment talk when #conferencerealignment wasn't just a hashtag. 

Forget eligibility, forget the NFL draft, forget the then February signing day, forget March Madness, forget all that, Jones wanted to play ball in March. Of course, the idea never got off the ground and by that time his SMU program was slipping due to his disinterest in, you know, recruiting and working. Few if anyone gave it much credence, though Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson called it "preposterous" and "just ludicrous." Innovators are rarely respected in their own time. Jones is now coaching in Canada, where is ideas are more revered, and football is played in the late spring. 

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Posted on February 16, 2018 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, SMU.